Happy Thanskgiving everyone!
Thanks for making my third season of Chicago Fire Confidential a fun one!
After the announcement that Austin Berry had won the MLS Rookie of the Year award a couple of other interesting stories have come to light. Jalil Anibaba is in Spain training with the Fire's "strategic alliance" partner Atletico Madrid for two weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for a young player to gain experience in competition against a top level team. If Anibaba is the starting right back coming into 2013, this can only help his development. Another stint overseas for Sean Johnson and a look for Austin Berry this offseason should be explored as well.
Homegrown midfielder Victor Pineda suffered a torn miniscus during post-season training and will be out of action for 3-5 months after undergoing surgery last week. It's an unfortunate break for a player that has come along nicely within the system and is expected to challenge for playing time with the first team in 2013. Hopefully his recovery time is closer to 3 months so that he can get in some time during pre-season.